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Massive Fishkill in Philippines may be Precursor to Volcanic Eruptions

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Massive Fishkill in Philippines may be Precursor to Volcanic Eruptions

June 4, 2011 (LPAC) — Over 700 metric tons of primarily tilapia and whitefish have died mysteriously in Lake Taal, the huge lake surrounding the Taal Volcano in southern Luzon, the main northern island of the Philippines. Other fish have died in smaller numbers in Lake Taal, while fish kills in other parts of Luzon have also been reported.

As noted in earlier briefings, there have been a dramatic increase in small to medium size earthquakes in the area of three different volcanos in the Philippines over the past months, which has drawn serious attention from seismologists in a country which has experienced severe volcanic eruptions in recent times – notably the Mount Pinatabo eruption in 1991 which killed 800 hundred and destroyed numerous towns, as well as the U.S. Clark Airbase. The Pinatabo eruption was preceded by a 7.8 earthquake the previous year about 100 km away.

While the cause of the fish kills has not been determined, one possible cause is an increase in the sulfur or other gases in the water coming from the seismic activity from the volcanos.

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